MODERN COMPARATIVE LITERATURE
Learning outcomes of the course unit
Knowledge and understanding.
The course aims at strengthening the basic knowledge of literary study, opening the way for a specialized field, and promoting the development of original statements about the thematic net described throughout the course itself.
Applying knowledge and understanding.
The study of literary methods, the learning of the genre theories, and finally the comparative approach elicit the development of the capacity to understand and connect literary facts, in a profoundly interdisciplinary perspective.
By the end of the course students ought to have acquired the capacity to carefully value the complexity of literary text, critically interpreting their structural elements, the morphological similarities and differences between them. They should also have acquired particular intepretive and comparative abilities about the historical and socio-cultural contexts to which those artistic documents belong.
By the end of the course students should have conceived the capacity to describe literary texts on the basis of the genre theories and supranational literary study, developing a personal, reliable and consistent way of reading.
The commitment shown in acquiring competences and learning should provide the students with a definite methodological competence as well as with skills aimed at consolidating their set of readings, their capacity to understand and schematize the dynamics of literary facts – all necessary skills in order to organize contents into the written form.
Course contents summary
Social transformations and urban modifications: literary accounts
After a first phase consisting in an introduction to institutions, historic turns, and basic techniques in literary studies and literary sociology, the course will take into account some excellent representations of the urban theme between Naturalism, Modernism, and contemporary fiction. Paris, New York, Florence, Rome, in the wide temporal arch described, prove all but a simple narrative background. Quite the contrary, by installing place at centre stage, literary representations shed light on the essential, always signifying value of narrative recreation of the relationship between the I and social transformations, as reflected by the ever-changing urban reality.
1. Turchetta, Critica, letteratura e società. Percorsi antologici, Carocci
2. Zola, Al paradiso delle signore (qualsiasi edizione; traduzione consigliata di Alfredo Jeri, BUR Rizzoli)
3. Lorca, Poeta a New York, in Tutte le poesie (traduzione consigliata di Carlo Bo, Garzanti)
4. Pratolini, Il quartiere, Oscar Mondadori
5. Siti, Il contagio, Rizzoli
Further readings will be available on the Elly webpage of the course.
Lessons will be held in mixed-mode, both in presence and on streaming, via Teams. We will privilege such methods as frontal lessons, and guided textual readings. Furthermore, lessons will be temporarily available on the Elly webpage of the course.
Assessment methods and criteria
Oral exams, held in presence and/or, if necessary, via Teams. Questions will firstly regard the handbook, in order to subsequently involve themes, plot turns, the development of characters, as inferable from the reading of literary texts.Evaluation: A fail is determined by the lack of an understanding of the minimum content of the course, the inability to express oneself adequately, by a lack of autonomous preparation, the inability to solve problems related to information retrieval and the decoding of complex texts, as well as an inability to make independent judgments. A pass (18-23/30) is determined by the student’s possession of the minimum, fundamental contents of the course, an adequate level of autonomous preparation and ability to solve problems related to information retrieval and the decoding of complex texts, as well as an acceptable level of ability in making independent judgments. Middle-range scores (24-27/30) are assigned to the student who produces evidence of a more than sufficient level (24-25/30) or good level (26-27/30) in the evaluation indicators listed above. Higher scores (from 28/30 to 30/30 cum laude) are awarded on the basis of the student’s demonstration of a very good or excellent level in the evaluation indicators listed above.